The Nine Year Plan and the intellectual life of the Bahá’í community: Opening plenary

This presentation does not include a live Q&A.

The Bahá'í community is tasked with striving to bring about the fulfillment of Bahá'u'lláh’s Mission. Its intellectual life thrives with every endeavor undertaken on this path. This presentation explores some of the advances the community made during the decades leading up to 1996 as well as the colossal transformation that has taken place over the past 26 years. It also examines the extensive range of fields of service aimed at releasing the society-building power of the Faith, placing emphasis on the study of the Writings in various settings as integral to the progress of the Nine Year Plan. Of particular note is how strengthening the system of education, including the training institute, enhances our ability to see all areas of activity as dimensions of a single, unified, outward-looking endeavor that fortifies the intellectual life of the community.

  • Community Building

  • Firaydoun Javaheri

    Dr. Firaydoun Javaheri holds a doctorate in agronomy. As a pioneer to Africa for twenty-seven years, he served the Bahá’í community in his roles of Auxiliary Board member and, then, Continental Counsellor. While in Zambia, he worked as chief technical adviser for the Food and Agricultural Organization (an agency of the United Nations) for ten years and assisted, together with his wife Vida, in the establishment of the Banani International Secondary School. Dr. Javaheri served as a member of the International Teaching Centre from 1998 to 2003, and of the Universal House of Justice from 2003 to 2018.


46th Annual Conference


The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.